Manaus, the biggest city in the Amazon, was built during the rubber industry boom. The natural resources of the jungle were exploited to make a few people rich. Manaus is known as the main gateway to the forest.
Douglas Trent states that more people are noticing how easy it is to see animals in the rainforest. Jungle tours started in the 1980s. Augusto Kluczkovski states that animals could become extinct if there is no control.
Hotel visitors can take a trip along the river to see a local community. A hotel owner explains that the indigenous people who used to live along the river are now employed in his hotel. Their children attend school and they have a more nutritious diet.
Changing the way tourism operates in the Amazon is the biggest challenge. People need to learn how to be professional tour guides. Professionalism should encompass a working knowledge of species and speaking English.
To succeed as a sustainable development, local people need to find ways to survive without harming the environment. Natives are encouraged to start new endeavors to sell their crafts. Ivanilde Meza explains how she learned to speak English.
Credit: Impact of Tourism: Amazon
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Brazil now actively promotes the Amazon to tourists to bring money and jobs to locals. This program examines how tourism affects this environmentally vital area.
Length: 29 minutes
Copyright date: ©2002
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